Previous Employees of the Quarter
Texas State Library and Archives Commission Employees of the Quarter are nominated by their TSLAC colleagues and are selected by the TSLAC Employee Recognition Committee. Employees of the Quarter are presented with a Certificate of Merit and eight hours administrative leave at the TSLAC Quarterly Awards Ceremony.
Stacey Malek and D W
Our Employees of the Quarter for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2010STACEY MALEK - A consummate professional, a pleasure to work with and a major agency asset. That is how Library Development Director Deborah Littrell described Library Development Program Coordinator Stacey Malek in her nomination letter for Employee of the Quarter. Stacey has been named Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of FY2010.
Stacey is responsible for some very critical Texas State Library and Archives Commission processes, including the yearly collection of public library statistics used to determine library accreditation. Without accreditation, libraries cannot receive TSLAC programs and services. The statistics involve dozens of data elements and the accreditation process requires careful analysis of that data. With more than 562 libraries reporting, this is a big job. And this is where Stacey comes in.
Stacey’s success with statistics no doubt comes from her special talent for details, sharpened by her accounting background (even though she majored in history) and 11 years in the banking industry.
“The attention and quality that Stacey brings to her job and these processes give the agency a great deal of credibility statewide and nationally,” says her boss.
The statistics are also reported to the federal government and are used to compare Texas public libraries with others nationwide. According to Deborah, Stacey has taken the lead, working with two other staff members, to develop a database system to analyze the library data received. This has replaced Excel spreadsheets and greatly reduced both the time needed to analyze the data and the accuracy of each analysis. In the last year, the number of edit checks from the federal government has decreased substantially, meaning that we are now submitting better data.
Another major accomplishment during the last quarter, according to Deborah, was a highly successful audit of our accreditation process. Because of Stacey’s precision and care, no negative findings occurred in the audit. In fact, the auditors praised the department for its use of best practices, as developed by Stacey.
Also in the last quarter, Stacey began serving on a committee with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to make recommendations about new technology-oriented elements to be considered for national data collection. In addition, she has been working to improve the presentation of data on our website. Congratulations, Stacey!
D W – D W title is “administrative assistant,” but according to a colleague, it could be “administrative asset.” D was selected by the Employee Recognition Committee as one of two Employees of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of FY2010 for her dedication, organization and overall can-do attitude.
D is known for her organizational powers and her willingness to help anyone. Not only has she organized all Human Resources files and equipment, she regularly helps out other divisions with organizing supply cabinets, preparing documents and generally lending a hand wherever and whenever there is a need.
“Our files have never looked better,” says Vanessa Siordia, Human Resources manager, noting that D almost singlehandedly prepared all HR files and equipment for moving–twice–during the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building renovation. HR moved from the fourth floor in July 2009 to temporary space on the second floor, then moved back to its regular third-floor space in the spring.
“Once we were back in our permanent space, she reorganized the files in our file room so that everything is available and easily accessible,” says Vanessa.
D also helps her colleagues with computer and printer issues, pitched in entering timesheet information when a colleague was out on leave for several months this summer, and can always be counted on to help with agencywide events. And she is usually the first person to answer the call when the Welcome Desk needs substitute staffing.
According to Diana Houston, assistant director of Information Services, D's willingness to help is what sets her apart. Recently, Diana needed an organizational chart.
“Somehow, D heard of my dilemma,” Diana recalls. “The next thing I knew, not only had she produced a chart, but assured me that should any future changes be needed, she would be happy to handle them. At that moment, I became a true D fan.” And she is one among many. Congratulations, D!